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Government Information Connection: Elections Portal

Register to vote and find information on candidates for national, state, and local elections.

Who's Eligible to Vote

In Texas you're eligible to vote if...

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Find Voter eligibility and registration information for other states and U.S. territories at Vote.gov

Voting Information

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Voting Information for Students

Ballots can only be cast in the county and precinct where a student is registered to vote. For students living in the dorms or away from home, there are two options for voting in upcoming elections:

  1. Request an absentee, mail-in ballot (instructions below)
  2. Transfer voter registration to their college/university address. If transferring voter registration, access information about locating early voting, local precincts and voting times below.

Have additional questions about student voting, talk with a Deputy Voter Registrar at the Eagle Commons Library @ Sycamore Hall or call the Denton County Elections Office at 940.349.3200 

When, Where, How

  • Access general information about where to vote
  • Where and when to vote in Denton County?
  • Won't be able to make it for early voting. Can't make it to your polling location on election day. Request an absentee ballot to vote by mail? For Texas voters, complete and mail this application.
  • Find out dates for upcoming elections in Texas and deadlines to register or apply for an absentee ballot by mail at VoteTexas.gov

On election day you must vote in your registered precinct.  Early voting allows you to vote at any poll in the county where you are registered. 

Requests for absentee mail in ballots must be requested no earlier than 60 days before election day and received no later than the close of business 11 days before election day. Absentee ballots must be submitted no later than 7pm on election day.

Who and What

Be an informed voter, know what you're being asked to vote on and who you're being asked to vote for. These resources will connect you information about ballot questions, measures and candidates.

Primary vs. General Election

A Primary election is intended to nominate the candidate for a particular party. Texas hosts single-party primaries, meaning you can only vote for candidates within a single party in the primary election - Republican or Democrat. Election day polling locations by precinct are divided by Republican and Democrat. If casting an early ballot, a poll worker will ask if a Republican or Democrat ballot is preferred. Third party candidates are not included in Texas primary elections.
Note: In Texas, a voter does not claim a party affiliation when registering to vote.

A General election is the main election during which voters make their final choice. In Texas, third party candidates can be included on a general election ballot if specific criteria are met. (This article from the Texas Tribune explains the ballot process for third party candidates in Texas.) 

Other types of elections

States, counties, school districts, and municipalities host elections outside the federal election cycle. Check Vote411.org or the local election office for information on other election dates.

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